Campaign Promises

Before the election began, we sent all Baltimore City candidates a questionnaire about housing, and collected the responses. Now that the election is over and the candidates have taken office, it’s a good time to remind them of their responses, and also to remind them that we intend to hold them accountable for the state Read more about Campaign Promises[…]

The Housing Questionnaires: Lessons Learned

It’s always interesting to ask a random group of people the same questions and see what you get back. I guarantee at the very least, you won’t be bored. Hopefully you’ll even be enlightened at the end of the process. Candidate surveys and politics in general are two things I tend to stay away from, Read more about The Housing Questionnaires: Lessons Learned[…]

District 11 City Council Candidates on Housing

Two candidates responded to the housing questionnaire — their responses are linked below. Eric Costello (incumbent) Greg Sileo The following candidates did not respond:  Curtis Johnson, Harry Preston, and Dea Thomas.

District 11 City Council Candidate Greg Sileo on Housing

Greg Sileo was the second of two candidates to respond to the housing questionnaire. His answers are below, with no edits. 1. Baltimore City has 30,000+ vacant homes. How do you intend to clean up blight in your district that isn’t a rehash or continuation of previous plans? And how do you propose to pay Read more about District 11 City Council Candidate Greg Sileo on Housing[…]

District 11 City Council Candidate Eric Costello on Housing

Eric Costello was appointed to the City Council after Bill Cole left to head BDC, and is now the incumbent. He was the first to respond to the housing questionnaire, and his responses appear below, with no edits: 1. Baltimore City has 30,000+ vacant homes. How do you intend to clean up blight in your Read more about District 11 City Council Candidate Eric Costello on Housing[…]

The Housing Questionnaire: Candidate Responses

Questionnaires were sent to all mayoral candidates, city council candidates, and city council president candidates about housing issues in Baltimore City. Each group was sent the same questions, and were given a strict deadline. Each group’s responses are linked below: Mayoral Candidates City Council President Candidates City Council Candidates, By District: District 1 District 2 Read more about The Housing Questionnaire: Candidate Responses[…]

TOMORROW: Rally to Save Baltimore Civil Rights History

Bethel AME Church has demolished one of Baltimore’s historic civil rights landmarks, located at 1234 Druid Hill Avenue, and it’s unclear as to whether they want to demolish 1232. Neighbors, community activists, and preservationists are horrified by the lack of respect the church has shown towards these historic homes over the years. They’ve allowed them Read more about TOMORROW: Rally to Save Baltimore Civil Rights History[…]

701 W Lafayette Avenue: An Example of Systemic Abuse and Sheer Greed

Property Address:  701 W Lafayette Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21217 Property Owner:  701 Lafayette, LLC, 3431 Wabash Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21215 (Charter has been forfeited, company is not in good standing.) Resident Agent for 701 Lafayette, LLC:  Harris and Folick, Inc., 2442 Eutaw Place, Baltimore, MD 21217.  (Resident agent’s charter has also been forfeited, corporation is Read more about 701 W Lafayette Avenue: An Example of Systemic Abuse and Sheer Greed[…]

On The Docket

The Baltimore City Housing Department has an interesting search tool that you might not know about.  You can search for cases that have been referred to the Legal Section for court action.  You can either search by address or by neighborhood.  You can also use that page to search for outstanding violation notices, and the Read more about On The Docket[…]

701 Washington Boulevard: Minor Changes Are Not Enough

After hearing that some minor changes were made to the property at 701 Washington Boulevard (owned by Dr. Anwar Mumtaz), we decided to see for ourselves.  While we agree it’s a slight improvement — the homeless camp is gone — we weren’t that impressed with this cleanup effort.  After speaking with a resident of the Read more about 701 Washington Boulevard: Minor Changes Are Not Enough[…]

Dr. Anwar Mumtaz Responds

If you live in Washington Village, then you know Dr. Mumtaz, at least indirectly.  He is the registered agent for Raj LLC, the company that owns 701 Washington Boulevard (aka “The Sav-A-Lot Property”).  After reading about himself and the property on this blog, he responded to our post: this property was under contract up until Read more about Dr. Anwar Mumtaz Responds[…]